ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
R. N., "To his Friend, M. Jos. Syl." Joshua Sylvester, Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1605) sig. B7.
1605: John Davies of Hereford
1605: Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey
1605: Samuel Daniel
1605: R. N.
1605: R. R.
1608: Bp. Joseph Hall
1608: Ben Jonson
1614: John Taylor the Water Poet
1619: William Drummond
1627: Michael Drayton
1633: John Vicars
1645: George Wither
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1681: John Dryden
1800: Anna Seward
1804: Dr. Nathan Drake
1806: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1815: Robert Southey
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: Thomas Campbell
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1605: Joshua Sylvester
Had golden Homer, and great Maro kept
In envious silence their admired measures,
A thousand Worthies worthie deedes had slept;
They, reft of praise; and we, of learned pleasures.
But O, what rich incomparable treasures
Had the world wanted, had this modern glory,
Divine du BARTAS hid his heavenly ceasures,
Singing the mightie Worlds immortall story?
O then how deeply is our Ile beholding
To Chapman, and to Phaer: but yet much more
To thee (deere SYLVESTER) for thus unfolding
Those holy wonders, hid from us before?
Those workes profound, are yet profane; but thine,
Grave, learned, deepe, delightfull, and divine.